Tropical depression east of PH to enter PAR Wednesday; will be named 'Kiko' -- PAGASA


Weather specialist Ariel Rojas (SCREENGRAB FROM PAGASA)

Aside from typhoon "Jolina" (international name "Conson"), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) continues to track a tropical depression just outside the country's area of responsibility.

The tropical depression was estimated at 1,685 kilometers east of Central Luzon at around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph and was moving northwest at 20 kph.

PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said the tropical depression may enter the PAR by Wednesday morning Sept. 8.

He added that the cyclone may intensify into a severe tropical storm prior to its expected entry into the PAR.

The tropical depression to be named Kiko may still draw strength from the warm ocean waters and will likely further intensify into a typhoon in the next few days, Rojas said.

Currently, there is a low chance that it will hit any part of the country but due to its proximity to the Batanes area, it is possible that a tropical cyclone wind signal will be raised there, he pointed out.